Huron East mayor faces assault charges

Bernie MacLellan

Bernie MacLellan. File photo.

UPDATE MARCH 11: This case has been been put over to April 18, 2013.

Bullet News GODERICH – The mayor of Huron East faces two counts of assault with a weapon after an alleged incident that took place before Christmas.

Bernie MacLellan, 50, was scheduled for his first appearance in Ontario Provincial Court – Goderich today on charges after being accused of assaulting two people with a mallet Dec. 21, 2012 at a business in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Twp.

Lawyer Troy Dore, of The Ross Firm, acted on behalf of MacLellan’s lawyer Glen Carey, who couldn’t be there, when he requested to have the case put over until next month. The case will be back in court on March 11.

Huron County OPP’s media relations officer, James Stanley, said the charges stem from a property dispute.

“Police were called for a dispute. We arrived and there were no injuries involved but information led to charges of assault with a weapon,” he said.

MacLellan was not in court today. When reached by phone this evening, he declined to comment.

MacLellan was the warden of Huron County in 2012.

One Comment on "Huron East mayor faces assault charges"

  1. Brian J Barnim February 12, 2013 at 9:32 am · Reply

    If Bernie wasn’t a public figure this may not be news, however he is and for what it is worth having worked alongside of Bernie I can say without hesitation he is a good person with good intentions. As we always say “there are two sides to every story” and the charges as presented only represent one side. Innocent until proven guilty. Let the justice system do its job and allow Bernie his privacy to deal with his personal life separate from his political life.

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